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Saudi Arabia Recalls Ambassador to Germany for Consultations

Saudi Arabia Recalls Ambassador to Germany for Consultations

Saturday, 18 November, 2017 - 08:45
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, right, and his counterpart from Lebanon, Jebran Bassil, arrive for a press conference in Berlin, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. (Soeren Stache/dpa via AP)

Saudi Arabia has recalled its ambassador to Berlin in protest over comments made by the German foreign minister, Sigmar Gabriel, during a meeting with his Lebanese counterpart Jebran Bassil.

"Saudi Arabia has decided to recall its ambassador to Germany for consultations and will give the German ambassador in the kingdom a letter protesting these unfortunate and unjustified statements," SPA said, citing a spokesman for the Saudi foreign ministry. 

Such remarks, which are considered aimless and based on false information, would not help bring about stability in the region, the spokesman said.

The statement believed Gabriel's comments "would not represent the position of the friendly government of the Federal Republic of Germany, considered by the Kingdom as a reliable partner in the fight against terrorism and extremism."

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